First of all a huge thanks to the author and the team of b00k r3vi3w for sharing me a copy of the book. The book deals with a very relevant and yet strong emotional content that it kind of jostles you with its intensity. I loved the fact that it had the ability to echo such strong emotions from its readers. Justine Gone by N. Lombardi Jr is truly a thriller, yet a powerfully Packed book.
Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr. RWAT Take
The very first chapter of the book was kind of disturbing yet it kind of hooked me to know more about the whole plot that consecutively went on to become more and more intense. That is one point that I thought would be the bone of contention when it comes to the general feedback of the book. While some may find it too intense and emotionally disturbing, for me, personally its the treatment of the theme that impressed me. I loved how it was raw and yet very loud for you to not notice what was going on in the book.
The narration technique takes you through a roller coaster ride with at places, it just grabs you so hard that you can’t come out of the book so easily. The book gives a pretty heavy hangover. At least I had one with the book. The language is good and absolutely takes the story flow to a new strength. The same being the case for the narration technique which tightens and losses at the right moments and letting you reap the benefit of the whole plot.
The book deals with a very heavy topic but narrated in a pretty unique and captive method. This makes it easier to grasp and enjoy the core theme of the book in its full intensity. While this book is essentially an investigative thriller, somehow what I took from the book where the underlying messages and pictures of a society that needs to address some critical modern-day issues that are relevant and so common, irrespective of which landscape, you reside in
Overall I feel that the book cannot be tagged as a thriller and pushed into that sole shelf because it Justice Gone has a lot of other layers to it which makes it an apt read for everyone. The narration, language and the whole story plot makes it perfect read
About the Book:
Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr.
When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.
A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.
Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.
Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?
Winner of Three Awards:
2019 American Fiction Award
Silver Medal Winner 2019 – Readers’ Favorites Awards
Chosen by Wiki.ezvid.com among their list of 10 Gripping and Intelligent Legal Thrillers
Reviews for Justice Gone:
The courtroom scenes are wonderfully written…the characters are well described and the author paints a picture of each in the mind of the reader…Strong plot, strong characters and a strong writing style that I really enjoyed. This one is a definite “thumbs-up.” Strongly recommend! I look forward to reading additional works by N. Lombardi, Jr.
Kim M Aalaie, Author’s Den
One of my favorite suspense novels of the year. It will make you question the legal system.
The Eclectic Review
The courtroom action is excellent, trimmed to the most gripping parts of the trial, with plenty of emotional impact…a fairly realistic portrayal of the way small-town US society works…a fast-moving story with plenty of dramatic moments, and a big twist in the final pages.
About the Author:
N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).
In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.
Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc.
His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.
His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.
Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia